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Angela Ficken, Founder at Progress Wellness, LLC

Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

Angela Ficken: I started my career as a psychotherapist in private practice, but after hearing from prospective clients outside of the Boston area that they wanted to work with a psychotherapist like myself but didn’t live within a reasonable distance to my office, I expanded my practice by going online to work with clients all over the country. Now, I have a complete product suite that helps clients with all sorts of anxiety and stress-related disorders.

Despite all of the challenges and headaches, being a business owner was the best thing I could have done for my career. This allows me to be creative, expand my reach and share my expertise with others, and more importantly, affords me flexibility so that I can spend time with my daughter and family. It’s truly been a wonderful journey and I am so excited to see what else unfolds in the near future.

Great Companies: What are the various services provided by Progress Wellness, LLC?

Angela Ficken: Progress Wellness, LLC and provide a comprehensive array of services dedicated to promoting mental health and well-being. Through our diverse offerings, individuals can access an integrated approach to self-care and personal development. These services encompass professional counseling sessions that address various aspects of mental health challenges and provide guidance in navigating life's complexities. Additionally, our coaching programs offer tailored support to individuals seeking personal growth and empowerment, enabling them to overcome obstacles and thrive in their journeys.

At the heart of our service portfolio are stress management courses and wellness products designed to equip individuals with the tools and strategies needed to conquer stressors and enhance their overall quality of life. These resources are geared towards fostering emotional resilience and cultivating a balanced lifestyle that encompasses mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

With a steadfast commitment to helping individuals harness inner strengths, these platforms serve as beacons of support, enabling people to manage stress effectively, cultivate a positive mental outlook, and ultimately achieve a harmonious and vibrant life.

Great Companies: What makes Progress Wellness, LLC different from hundreds of other similar service providers?

Angela Ficken: What sets Progress Wellness, LLC apart from numerous other similar service providers is its unwavering dedication to a personalized and approach to mental health and well-being. Unlike a sea of generic offerings, Progress Wellness, LLC stands out by tailoring its services to meet the unique needs and aspirations of each individual. The integration of counseling, coaching, stress management courses, and wellness products creates a comprehensive ecosystem that addresses various dimensions of personal growth and transformation.

Additionally, the team at Progress Wellness, LLC brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, ensuring that clients receive professional guidance and support grounded in evidence-based practices. Our commitment to creating a safe and nurturing environment fosters a strong rapport with clients, making the journey towards better mental health a collaborative and empowering experience.

In a landscape crowded with choices, Progress Wellness, LLC shines as a beacon of authenticity and genuine care, providing not just services, but a roadmap towards a healthier, more balanced, and fulfilling life.

Great Companies: What were the struggles and challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

Angela Ficken: Navigating my journey as a mental health professional certainly came with its set of challenges. One significant struggle was breaking down the stigma associated with seeking therapy. Overcoming this involved dedicated efforts, both within my practice and through public speaking engagements. By openly discussing the importance of mental well-being and the transformative impact of therapy, I was able to contribute to changing the narrative around seeking help.

Another hurdle was establishing a practice that catered to a diverse range of clients' needs. This required ongoing education and training to address various mental health issues and concerns. By staying informed about the latest therapeutic techniques and approaches, I was able to offer comprehensive support to individuals from all walks of life.

As with any business, there were operational challenges, from managing administrative tasks to maintaining a steady client flow. Developing efficient systems and embracing technology helped streamline these processes, allowing me to focus more on delivering quality care to my clients.

Throughout these challenges, my commitment to fostering a safe and empathetic therapeutic environment remained unwavering. Connecting with clients on a personal level and tailoring treatment plans to their unique circumstances allowed me to build trust and facilitate positive outcomes. These experiences have reinforced my dedication to mental health advocacy and underscored the transformative power of therapy in improving lives.

Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What does 5 years down the line look like for Progress Wellness, LLC?

Angela Ficken: Looking ahead, the future holds exciting opportunities for the growth of Progress Wellness, LLC. Over the next five years, I envision our practice expanding its reach and impact. We are committed to leveraging technology to enhance accessibility to mental health resources. This includes the development of online counseling platforms, virtual workshops, and interactive resources that empower individuals to prioritize their mental well-being.

Five years down the line, Progress Wellness, LLC envisions being a recognized leader in the mental health field, known for its innovative approaches, personalized care, and positive impact on individuals' lives. We aspire to contribute to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health, making therapy and wellness practices more accessible, and ultimately, helping individuals achieve lasting well-being and fulfillment.

Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Angela Ficken: My advice to someone just starting out would be to embrace a growth mindset. Understand that challenges and setbacks are a natural part of any journey, but they also offer valuable opportunities for learning and improvement. Stay curious, be open to new experiences, and don't be afraid to take calculated risks. Seek out mentors, connect with peers in your field, and always be willing to adapt and evolve. Remember that success is a result of consistent effort, resilience, and a willingness to keep pushing forward, even when faced with obstacles.



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